GREENBURGH, N.Y. – Disappointed shoppers browsed Greenburgh Barnes & Noble's shelves this weekend, just a few days after learning the store would close its doors early next month.
Barnes & Noble has confirmed it will shutter the 431 Tarrytown Road location May 6, an announcement that came as a surprise to many customers.
“It’s a shame,” Steve Tarantino said as he thumbed through a rack of magazines and books marked 50 percent off. “This is a nice bookstore. It’s a good location.”
Sharon Honegger said she visited the store at least a couple times a month.
“I hate to see it go,” Honegger said. “There’s nowhere to get a book now.”
A company spokesperson has said the Crossroads Shopping Center bookstore will be forced to close after the company could not agree to a lease extension with the property owner.
White Plains resident Eileen Klein said she has been visiting the store for years and wished it had been able to stay open. The former teacher said there seems to be an unfortunate trend of bookstores shutting their doors with the rise of e-books and Amazon Kindles.
“It’s always disappointing to see a local store go,” Klein said. “Especially a bookstore.”
According to David Deason, vice president of development for Barnes & Noble, the chain is not currently looking to replace the shuttered store.
“We have stores in White Plains and Yonkers,” Deason said in an email. “Both of these are close to the Greenburgh store and we invite customers to shop at these stores.”
While the White Plains location is just a few miles away, Honegger said she would not be making the trip to the City Center bookstore.
“You have to pay to park there,” Honegger said. “I won’t go where you have to pay to park.”